Will Giannis Antetokounmpo & Chris Paul Play? Milwaukee Bucks vs Phoenix Suns Game 4: Prediction, Injuries, and Lineups

Published 07/14/2021, 1:19 AM EDT
Jul 6, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) moves the ball against Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) during the first half in game one of the 2021NBA Finals at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


The Milwaukee Bucks enjoyed a 20-point blowout victory over the Suns in Game 3 and made it 1-2 on the board. Now, they stand a real chance to equalise the series before meeting again the rip-roaring Phoenix Suns Arena crowd. 

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Giannis Antetokounmpo will be the greatest threat for the Suns ahead of Game 4 because the star is in tremendous momentum. Plus, the statline from Game 3 will haunt the Suns for all the free throws they couldn’t win and all the long-range attempts they lost. But to suggest that the Bucks will have it easy will also be naive. 

So which side stands taller in terms of projections?

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Milwaukee Bucks vs Phoenix Suns: Injury updates and lineup prediction

For the Bucks, the slate is clear with the same-old Donte DiVincenzo (foot injury) on the list. The star shooting guard who started all the 66 games for them in the regular season tore his left ankle ligament and saw an exit against the Miami Heat.

Potential starting lineup – PJ Tucker (F), Giannis Antetokounmpo (F), Brook Lopez (C), Khris Middleton (G), and Jrue Holiday (G)

For the Suns, power forward Dario Saric tore his Achilles in Game 1 and that unfortunate occurrence forced him out of the Finals.

Probable starting five – Mikal Bridges (F), Jae Crowder (F), DeAndre Ayton (C), Devin Booker (G), and Chris Paul (G)

Jul 6, 2021; Giannis Antetokounmpo moves to the basket against Deandre Ayton during game one of the 2021 NBA Finals at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
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Who wins?

The Suns are a dangerously amazing two-way team. However, their backcourt struggled in Game 3 with Devin Booker producing a rare 10-point game. Additionally, their shooting from the floor, the three-point range, and the free-throw line, all hit a low in their last outing. Apart from Jae Crowder and DeAndre Ayton, none of the players left a good impact. 

The Bucks on the other hand, had Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton going 8/17 from long-range and that helped their case. Moreover, Bobby Portis impressed yet again with his rebounding skills and a confident play. Take a look at this killer sequence from them – 

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Also, the Suns defense until now has lacked any answer against Giannis Antetokounmpo. So we expect Giannis to put up a 30+ points night and yet another home victory for the Bucks. Do you agree? Help us know in the comments below.

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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